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Linklaters has appointed Deepak Sitlani as UK Head of Derivatives and Structured Products for a four-year term with effect from 1 May 2019. He succeeds Paul Lewis, following his appointment as Global Head of Finance & Projects.

A partner at the firm since 2007, Deepak is a specialist in structuring and documenting OTC derivative transactions. He regularly advises banks, investment managers, hedge funds, investment funds, pension funds and corporates on their trading agreements (such as ISDA Master Agreements and Global Master Repurchase Agreements) and derivatives clearing agreements, as well as on the application of EMIR.

Michael Voisin, Global Head of Capital Markets at Linklaters, said:

“Deepak is one of the most respected derivatives lawyers in the field and I’m delighted he will be leading our award winning team. We’ve been at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in the derivatives market in recent years, creating new products and innovative solutions with our clients and I’m confident he will keep driving this forward.”

Linklaters’ Derivatives and Structured Products practice is best known for its innovative approach to problem-solving in relation to the most complex derivatives and structured products issues, with recent work including:

  • Advising The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) on a number of projects including the impact of IBOR reform on ISDA documentation, Brexit, updating ISDA documentation to meet the requirements of Article 28(2) of the European Benchmark Regulation and drafting new industry documentation for the initial margin ‘big bang’.
  • Collaborating with ISDA on ISDA Create – IM, an innovative tool that will allow firms to negotiate initial margin documentation electronically and to feed the related data into firms’ downstream systems.
  • Advising OTC DerivNet Ltd on the new LCH SwapAgent service being provided by LCH Limited
  • Advising a number of firms on Brexit planning
  • Advising a syndicate of arranger banks on the establishment of, and subsequent drawdowns under, the first ever single-issuer, multi-dealer, repackaging programme (“SPIRE”) - a highly innovative new approach to repackagings
  • Advising a number of originators and investors in connection with synthetic securitisation transactions via an array of different risk transfer mechanisms.

Linklaters was recently named Law Firm of the Year at the Risk Awards, in recognition of the crucial role the firm has played in advising  all parts of the industry on navigating through new and complex regulatory and political issues affecting the global derivatives market.